Mar 29, 2023  
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2014-2015 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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HA 410 - Quality in Healthcare Administration

Provides the student with an overview of the critical elements of an effective approach to quality in a health care organization.  The student will be able to define the importance of measurement, variation and the use of tools in approach to continuous quality improvement.  The student will be able to synthesize information related to the use of teams, the importance of the voice of the customer, and the approach to change.  In addition, there will also be an opportunity to compare and contrast the approach to continuous quality improvement in light of the external – ever shifting – regulatory and political environment.

Prerequisites & Notes
HA 205 or LTC 210

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units
Interactivity: Discussion Board
Final Assessment: Final Project

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completing this course, students will be able to do the following: 

  • Discuss the elements of an effective continuous quality improvement program to include strategic focus of support, a systems view to improvement, and a whole systems approach toward outcomes.
  • Illustrate the importance of using data and measurement to assess current status, analyze and improve processes, and track progress to affect outcomes.  Identify the tools and methods used to collect and provide data and information to include quality methodologies, plan-do-study/check-act (PDSA), means of display (flowcharts, run charts, cause-and-effect diagrams), and the use of benchmarking in creation of improvements.
  • Explain the importance of high-performing teams to quality improvement efforts.  Describe the elements necessary for effective teams, the benefits of using teams in a learning organization, and the outcomes impact when teams are empowered.
  • Demonstrate the importance of the voice of the customer in continuous quality improvement in health care.  Define the approaches for eliciting and analyzing internal and external customers’ requirements, expectations, levels of satisfaction, and areas of concern.
  • Interpret the involvement and effect of external facilitators of improvement to include regulatory agencies, payers, quality improvement organizations (QIO).
  • Characterize the elements important to a learning organization including change management (including transformational change in continuous quality improvement), decision-making related to continuous quality improvement, and innovation.

Credits: 3

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